Inserted in this week’s edition is a special section previewing the Cadiz Rotary Club Auction, which begins Monday. In the section, listed in the schedule is a mini auction set for Tuesday, but it will actually be held Friday afternoon. The section printed over the weekend before the error was realized.
Aside from that minor glitch, we’re confident the section will prepare everyone for this big annual event that has always helped provide for youth and senior citizens in Cadiz and Trigg County. Listen to WKDZ each night next week and be ready to bid on some great items, all for a greater cause.
I have many times professed – a few times in this space, even – my affection for the sport of hockey. My appreciation for and interest in hockey are pretty much the same as they are for football, baseball and any level of basketball preceding the pros.
For those of you who may not be aware, the second-greatest championship tournament on the planet begins this week, less than two weeks after the greatest – college basketball – ended. And – lucky you! – one of the teams in the field plays its home games less than two hours from Cadiz.
Starting tonight, 16 teams – including the Nashville Predators – will begin their trek toward hoisting the most storied sports trophy ever to exist, the Stanley Cup.
Now, I could fill this entire space with the reasons I’m excited at the Preds’ chances of winning it all this year, but let’s skip past that for a bit. Let me tell you, first of all, why there is no trophy to match Lord Stanley’s Cup:
1.) Some version of the Cup has existed since 1892 and has been awarded to North America’s top pro hockey team since 1915.
2.) The National Hockey League does not commission a new version of the trophy each season, as other pro leagues do with their championship trophies. The Cup is passed on to the new champ each season.
3.) The names of each winning player, coach, management and staff member are engraved on the Cup. It has grown in size over the years to accomodate the growing list of names.
4.) During the offseason, the winning team gets 100 days with the cup, wich each player on the winning team receives a scheduled number of days during which they are in possession of the Cup, allowing them time for a personal celebration. There are rules, of course, enforced by at least one member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who accompanies the Cup during the allotted time.
There is simply no physical honor or celebration to match what NHL players earn after winning the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
For Nashville, a Cup win would be especially sweet, given that we’re only a few years removed from a Canadian businessman’s failed attempt to move the team to Hamilton, Ontario. Since those days when there was doubt of the team’s future, a group of Nashvillians bought the team with the intent of growing fan and corporate support sufficient enough to keep the Predators around permanently.
So far, so good.
Last year, the Preds won a first-round playoff series for the first time. This year, they are a legitimate Cup contender. Tickets may be hard to come by, so if you can’t find one, check your TV listings.
Justin McGill is the general manager of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.